Phippen Museum

Prescott, AZ



Augustus W. Dunbier: Paint for the Love of Color


The Spring/Summer exhibit at the Phippen Museum in Prescott, Arizona, on view from April 28 through July 22, 2001, is entitled "Augustus W. Dunbier: Paint for the Love of Color." Curated by the artist's daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lonnie Pierson Dunbier, and David Sherer of The Taos Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, this exhibit will contain over 100 works.

Augustus W. Dunbier (1888-1977), was a prolific oil painter, known for his colorful landscapes, still lifes, portraits and figures. Most viewers would describe his work as Impressionistic, but hating labels of any kind, he never used that term to describe himself.

Dunbier had one of the longest, uninterrupted art careers of any Nebraska artist, with studios in Omaha from 1916 until 1977. During his sixty-two years of painting, Dunbier visited and revisited just about every corner of North America, painting the mountains of California, New Mexico, Colorado, the desert of Arizona, harbors and mountains on both coasts, and landscapes in the Midwest, Texas and Pacific Northwest. This exhibit will reflect those travels.

Dunbier completed most of his landscapes "en plein air," entirely out-of-doors, taking no more than several hours for each work. He is quoted to say "If you can't do a painting in several hours, you may as well throw in the towel."

"Paint for the love of color" were oft-repeated words of Dunbier. A book about Dunbier's life, of the same title, written by Lonnie Pierson Dunbier and Marcia Kmack, will be available for sale. On Sunday, April 29th at 2:00 p.m. the authors will be on hand for a brief presentation and book signing.

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